Friday, April 28, 2017

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ADHD

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by following symptoms: distraction, fidgeting, forgetfulness, impulsiveness, and procrastination. The most common treatments for treating ADHD are the prescription drugs Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, and Dexedrine. All of these drugs are stimulants and very addicting. The common side-effects from these drugs include constipation, headaches, irritability, sleep problems, stomach pain, and weight loss. These drugs can affect growth in children. In addition, drugs may stop the symptoms but they do solve the problem or eliminate the underlying issue.

Some health professionals question whether ADHD is a real condition or concocted by the pharmaceutical industry to make money. As a trained naturopath, I believe in treating symptoms regardless of what someone named it. So, if have been diagnosed with ADHD or you have not been diagnosed with ADHD but have some or all of the following symptoms---easily distracted, forgetful, impulsive, hyperactive, and/or feel your brain is never calm enough to concentrate---then the following recommendations for treating these symptoms naturally will help you.
  • Eliminate stimulating foods such as artificial sweeteners and additives (dyes), preservatives, and caffeine. Reduce sugar intake to a maximum of 20 grams (5 teaspoons) per day.  
  • Eliminate all soft drinks. They contain caffeine and either high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or aspartame. These ingredients are highly stimulating. In addition HFCS has been found to cause weight gain and destroy the gut resulting in poorer digestion of nutrients. Aspartame is an excitotoxin that destroys brain neurons and triggers or worsens neurological conditions such as  ADHD, seizures, dementia, MS, essential tremor, and Parkinson's. Drink water as a primary source of hydration. Add 100% fruit juice in a ratio of 1 to 3 (fruit juice to water) if plain water is not palatable. Herbal teas (chamomile, hops, and valerian) that calm are also great beverages. Drink these in the evening before bed for better sleep. 
  • Eliminate high-gluten foods such as modern wheat (aka frankenwheat) and food products that contain frankenwheat such as breads, cereals (such as puffed wheat and cream of wheat), and wheat pastas. Try cooking with low-gluten flours such as spelt wheat, oat, rice, and quinoa. 
  • Healthy fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in studies to calm the brains of those with ADHD. Instead, eat healthier fats such as virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and organic butter. In addition, eat wild-caught salmon which contains omega-3 fatty acids a couple of times per week or supplement with omega-3 fatty acids (1,000 mg of purified fish oil or 2,000 mg of flaxseed oil).  Flaxseed oil has been shown to absorb more poorly than fish oil so twice as much is needed. Avoid trans fats found in processed foods. 
If you have any questions or suggestions for ADHD or its symptoms, please feel free to comment below. 

         

Monday, April 3, 2017

STUDY: COGNITION PROBLEMS FOUND IN PARKINSON'S AND ESSENTIAL TREMOR

A survey of 2438 dementia-free elderly participants underwent neuropsychological testing as part of the NEDICES study. The study adjusted for age and education. The study found that patients with Parkinson's and essential tremor had poorer cognition than controls. This is why it is very important to do everything possible to improve brain health. That means exercising (to stimulate neuron growth), eating brain-healthy foods that include healthy fats and several servings of fruits and vegetables, avoiding environmental toxins, reducing stress, and getting a good night's sleep. Taking brain-healthy supplements is also very important. If you have essential tremor, my book Natural Remedies for Essential Tremor is packed with information to keep your brain healthy and to reduce tremors. Even if you have another tremor condition or memory problems or have a relative that does, my book will still be tremendously helpful. To purchase the book, click on the Essential Tremor link at the top to purchase the book. There is also a list of supplements that are very helpful for ET symptoms and brain health. 

In health always, 
Donna M. Gagnon, ND, CNC

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ESSENTIAL TREMOR STUDY LOOKING FOR PARTICIPANTS

A notice from the International Essential Tremor Foundation:

Dr. Elan Louis at Yale University is spearheading an important new research initiative. This National Institute of Health (NIH) funded study aims to better understand the lifestyle habits of essential tremor (ET) families. We are calling on the assistance of the ET community and their families to help us with this new research. Your help is really important.

The research team is now interested in contacting and meeting with:

  • The brothers, sisters, and children of people with ET.
An eligible participant must:
  • Not have ET (You didn't misread this, we are interested in unaffected people)
  • Be at least 40 years old
  • Not have Parkinson's disease or dystonia
  • Be willing to undergo a 2 hour health evaluation in your home. This will include, questionnaires, a formal assessment of your health and diet, a videotaped neurological exam, and a blood draw. 
This is a nationwide study, in which we will travel to meet with you individually at a date and time convenient for you. There are no costs associated with your participation; in fact you will be compensated for your time.  

If you are interested or have any questions, please call (203) 785-6169 or e-mail rulet@yale.edu.

Monday, March 6, 2017

BIRD FLU: THOUSANDS OF BIRDS EUTHANIZED ON TYSON-CONTRACTED FARM



Due to a strain of the bird flu, 73,500 birds had to be euthanized on a Tyson Foods farm in Tennessee. According to reports, no infected birds entered the food supply. Gee, I wonder how they know that for sure. This is just another of the many reasons not to eat factory-farmed animals. Eat less meat and when you do, eat organic. 

Source: Associated Press
Image courtesy of koko-tewan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Friday, March 3, 2017

FALL-BACK FRIDAY: VIDEO OF THE OSMONDS SINGING YO-YO




The Osmonds---a group from my childhood and a song with lyrics that seem to be the story of my life. "First I'm up, then I'm down....just like a yo-yo!" Makes me smile, which lowers cortisol (stress) levels, and makes me want to go get a glass of milk. Except these days, it's soy or almond milk. For those of you who are too young to know, the Osmonds are Mormons. Mormons don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. Therefore, it was assumed by many that they only drank milk.  Not true. Pretty sure they drank fruit juice. 😇😀 

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

IS THE CHICKEN AT SUBWAY FAKE?


 
A study found that Subway's chicken contains less than 50 percent chicken DNA. What's the rest? Soy fillers. Soy is genetically modified. This is one of the many reasons why you should not eat fast food. You don't know what you are consuming. Buy your own organic chicken and make your own sandwiches. Much safer.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

VIDEO: ARE YOU SITTING TOO MUCH?

Prolonged sitting shortens your life and increases risk of many diseases including diabetes.



The following video includes 9 solutions for sitting too long. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7 GREAT REASONS TO KEEP CASTOR OIL ON HAND


Natural Living Ideas gives 14 great ways on how you can use castor oil. Here are my 7 favorite summarized below:
1. Safe and natural laxative.
Oral ingestion of castor oil can clean out the bowels within two to five hours. Adults can take 1 to 2 tablespoons, while children 2 to 12 years old can take only 1 to 2 teaspoons. Infants below 2 years should take 1 teaspoon at a time. When giving it to children, mix it with freshly squeezed juice to make it more palatable.
2. Relieves muscle pain and soreness. Rub it on your muscles after an intense workout to promote blood circulation and relieve soreness. Mix it with peppermint oil or other essential oils to make the massage more relaxing and healing.
3. Soothes joint pain. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a decongestant effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for collecting waste from your tissues and carrying it to your bloodstream to be eliminated. A clogged lymphatic system can cause pain and inflammation in joints, such as in people with arthritis. Massaging castor oil on the joints can get lymph moving freely and help ease congestion and joint pain.
 
4. Treats fungal infections. Castor oil can be just as effective as anti-fungal drugs in treating common infections like ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. Warm the oil and apply onto the affected area before bedtime and leave it on overnight. Repeat until the infection has disappeared completely. You should see improvement within a week.

5. Natural skin moisturizer. The fatty acids in castor oil can nourish and moisturize dry skin. Due to its viscous nature, it stays put and easily penetrates into your skin tissue. Simply rub a teaspoonful (a little goes a long way) between your palms and apply all over your skin.To make a lotion, check out this easy 3 ingredient recipe. Just substitute castor oil in the ingredients.  

6. Treatment for skin problems. To treat acne, skin tags, and warts, apply castor oil daily with a cotton swab. 
 
7. Lubricant. Castor oil can be used on items around the home that need lubrication such as squeaky hinges on doors and gates, the track of garage doors, scissors, and sliding doors that get stuck. Castor oil does not freeze, so it can be ideal for either hot or very cold temperatures.
For more uses of castor oil, see NaturalLivingIdeas.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GENETIC STUDY FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR

Family Study of Essential Tremor   (FASET II)  

Dr. Elan Louis and colleagues at Yale University along with Dr. Lorraine Clark at Columbia University have teamed together for an important research project "FASET II", to try to identify the genes that are responsible for ET. They are calling on the assistance of the ET community to help them complete this groundbreaking research, which at the moment is the largest NIH-funded project of its kind. The help of the ET community is vital.
Eligible families would comply with the following criteria:
  1. There are at least 3 living affected family members and at least 2 living unaffected family members. These 5 family members must be 18 years and older and do not have any accompanying dystonia or Parkinson's disease.
  2. One of these 5 family members has been diagnosed by a doctor as having ET, and his or her tremor had started by the time he or she was 50 years old.
  3. Each family member is willing to donate a blood sample, answer some questionnaires, and undergo a videotaped neurological exam during a home visit that will take place in each of your homes. Each interview will last approximate 2 hours.
  4. This is a nationwide study, in which the researchers will travel to meet with qualified participants individually. There are no costs associated with participation.
Age 18 and over 
Geographic Location National 
Diagnostic Groups ET only; or unaffected relatives 
Other Requirements In-person clinical assessment
(can be done at home);
Blood sample for DNA analysis 
Resources 203-785-6832 or

If you are interested, call 203-785-6832 or email
TremorGenetics@yale.edu.


**If you have already signed up for or inquired about this study in the past, please disregard this notice.**

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HUMANA TO DROP OBAMACARE

Humana plans to drop Obamacare by the end of 2017. It seems they are losing (relative term because they are probably just making a few billion less) money insuring sick people. You mean it doesn't pay to insure sick people who need thousands of dollars of care every month? Who would have thought? Hopefully Trump has the answer to this mess. Maybe the very sick should have been added to Medicare. But Medicare is bankrupt so....

There are already five states with only one option. After Humana drops out of the unAffordable Care Act, how many more states will be added to the one option plan?

obamacare competition problems map
 The answer to the insurance mess is to get rid of health insurance except for catastrophic events (accidents and serious illnesses). Without insurance, there would be much more competition and prices on all health care services would drop significantly. We need to go back to cash payments and transparencies. If you need to go to the doctor and you had to pay cash, you would check everyone to get the lowest price. If you could pay in a year what you pay in a month for catastrophic insurance, you would have the money to go to the doctor for checkups and lab tests, especially if the price decreases 75 percent.  Wouldn't it be nice to pay $50 cash to the doctor for a visit and not have to deal with insurance companies? How about paying $100 for complete blood tests? This will never happen, though, because the insurance industry pays lobbyists millions of dollars a year to "insure" they continue ripping off the public. 

What do you think?

Source: Humana to drop out of obamacare marketplace at end of 2017 

Friday, February 10, 2017

IF YOU THINK VACCINES ARE SAFE, SEE THESE CHARTS



 
 



STILL BELIEVE VACCINES ARE SAFE? THEN READ ON.

The autism rate is now 1 in 5O. It will be 1 in 2 by 2030 if we do nothing. The pharmaceutical industry performs the studies to prove vaccine safety or they award grants to universities that perform the studies. Conflict of interest anyone? The pharmaceutical industry is made up of public companies that make billions of dollars off of sales of vaccines. Profits are top priority to make shareholders happy, otherwise, the shareholders will invest elsewhere. The pharmaceutical industry lobbied together to get a law passed in 2011 that exempts them from liability related to vaccine damages. So, if you are your child becomes autistic, brain damaged, or dies, they don't have to pay out a dime. If vaccines are so safe, why the law? Yet, millions of dollars are paid out every year to families of children harmed by vaccines. Who is footing the bill? You, the taxpayer. How come we never hear about these lawsuits? The pharmaceutical industry controls the media by threatening to pull their lucrative ads. They spend billions on television advertising every year. Who wants to lose that kind of money?

STILL BELIEVE VACCINES ARE SAFE?


Related Articles:

The "Ten" Most Dangerous Medicines on Earth
Hear This Well: Vaccines Do Cause Autism
Courts Confirm MMR Vaccine Causes Autism
Video: What Does This Merck Salesman Know About Vaccines That You Don't?



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ESSENTIAL TREMOR GENETICS STUDY NEEDS PARTICIPANTS

Researcher's at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada are conducting the largest genetics study of essential tremor patients ever. They require 10,000 participants affected by essential tremor. This is a global study and there is no travel involved.
Inclusion Criteria:
     - This study is open to anyone who has essential tremor, even if you have not been officially diagnosed by a physician.
     - Participants must be at least 16 years old.
     - It is okay if you are currently on medication for your essential tremor.
If you meet the basic criteria above and are interested in participating in this study, email ET.Genetics.Rouleaulab@gmail.com. If selected, you will be provided with the several necessary documents: a consent form, genealogy form, and a writing test. Upon completion, these documents can be returned to the researchers via email or postal mail. These documents will be examined by a specialist to determine if you qualify for the next stage of the study.

If selected, you will receive all the necessary informational materials and a prescription to have your blood drawn for testing. Packaging and shipping for sending your sample back to the researchers will also be provided.

Your help is needed if we are to understand the cause of essential tremor. If you have questions about this study, please email the researchers directly.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

VIDEO: HOW TO GET RID OF TOE FUNGUS


 

Toenail fungus causes a thickening and yellowing of the toenail that can be painful. Conventional treatments typically involve antifungal drugs, laser treatments, and sometimes surgery. More natural and less toxic alternatives include the following:
  • Reduce the thickness of your affected nail using a debridement tool (a nail file works). This allows topical remedies to enter into the nail more easily. Topical remedies that are helpful include tea tree oil, Thieves oil (an aromatherapy oil), Neem oil, or Vicks VapoRub. Whatever you choose, apply it once or twice (preferably) a day. 
  • Try to wear sandals as much as possible with no socks. Socks and shoes create a hot, moist environment preferred by fungi.
  • Expose your feet to sunlight as much as possible. The UV rays are naturally "anti-fungal." It may take three to six months of daily sun exposure to work. 
  • Regularly submerge your feet in saltwater. If you live near the ocean, take walks near the edge of the water. If not, you can do foot baths with natural sea salt.
  • Avoid or reduce sugar consumption as much as possible. Sugar is what fungi thrive on to survive.

Source: Mercola.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

WHY FLUORIDE IS POISON

The following video narrated by Mike Adams (Natural News) is worth watching, especially if your water is fluoridated and your water company has convinced you it is harmless and helps prevent cavities. 

 


To understand that fluoride is one of the most toxic poisons on the planet, you need to understand how fluoridation of water came about in the first place. Sodium fluoride is a by-product of the aluminum and fertilizer industries---a toxic waste called silicofluoride that contains arsenic, cadmium, lead, and other toxins. Instead of paying to dispose of this toxic waste, the aluminum and fertilizer industries came up with a plan---sell it for use in public water supplies to prevent tooth decay. So what did they do? They had studies performed to show improvements in dental health as a result of fluoridated water. Yes, that's right. Two chemical companies decided you should have chemicals in your drinking water. There have been no independent studies to prove otherwise. Although there were many opponents, including many doctors (and still are) who believed fluoride in water will cause cancer, dementia, bone weakness, gastrointestinal problems, thyroid, dysfunction, and a host of other health problems, about 66 percent of the drinking water in the United States is fluoridated as of 2014. 

Another tidbit you might want to know about water fluoridation. Hitler added it to the water supplies in Jewish neighborhoods to pacify them. Why? Because Hitler knew that fluoride would dull the brain, lower IQ, and make them followers.   

So what can you do? If you have fluoridated water (call your water company), filter the water you drink. In my opinion, you should filter your water anyway. You cannot trust any company to your health. They care more about their profits. Just look what happened to the people in Flint, Michigan. 

Make sure you buy a water system that filters out fluoride---not all do. The better water systems will start at around $200. However, their filters usually last much longer than cheaper systems. Below are some of the better systems. If you purchase a Berkey system, go directly to their website because they offer a lifetime guarantee when purchasing directly from them. 



Monday, January 9, 2017

ALMOST 60 HOLISTIC DOCTORS DEAD IN A YEAR: WHAT'S GOING ON?

Holistic Doctor Death Series 60 Dead

All the above people are dead. All of the above people were holistic doctors. Some of the deaths were "alleged suicides," some were alleged "accidental" deaths; some died naturally, and some were murdered. Most of the murders are unsolved. Many of these doctors were researching natural cures for cancer and other diseases, writing books, and treating patients with alternative methods. How can so many holistic practitioners die in one year?

This list was compiled in early 2016. Since then, at least 23 more holistic doctors have died. More murders, "alleged suicides," and "accidental" deaths.  Very suspicious. Who or what organizations want these people out of the way? Who has the most to lose if someone finds a cure for cancer or diabetes? Included in this list are the following well-known practitioners and details of their death from Erin Elizabeth's website. She is a journalist and holistic activist who has been tracking the death of holistic doctors.

DR. BRADSTREET: Dr. Bradstreet formerly of Florida, and now practicing in Georgia, was found with a gunshot wound to his chest in a river. The small town locals ruled the death almost immediately as a suicide, but many have their doubts. This same day in Mexico, June 19th, 2015, three doctors were traveling to the State Capital to deliver some papers and were reported missing. This is the only case outside of the U.S. Authorities said they found the bodies, but the families say those bodies look nothing like their family members and they are demanding more proof and more testing. A sad but riveting article was written about those details, here. I also did an exclusive interview with the Bradstreet family as they publicly said I was the only journalist they trusted to talk about the horrific incident.

DR. NICHOLAS GONZALEZ: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, a holistic MD, dies suddenly. The same day another holistic doctor is also found dead. They both allegedly died of heart attacks, though their own friends and family say publicly it doesn’t add up. I had met Dr Gonzalez and his amazing wife, and my better half has interviewed him several times. His official website says that while they initially thought it was a heart attack, his autopsy does not support that belief and shows no heart attack. They are awaiting further tests. “Dr Gonzalez was in excellent health otherwise so his passing is quite unexpected.”  There were rumors he was working with GcMAF, but his wife has clarified that he was not (some of the other doctors rumored to have used GcMAF also state their relative had never used it) The church at Dr Gonzalez’ funeral in New York was jam packed though. Packed with his patients who he’d put into remission (some with stage IV pancreatic cancer) who are still in remission decades later.  People every week (including close friends) write me questioning the fact that he died “naturally”. He also said in several interviews (including the last one before he died) that he thought big pharma wanted him to get hit by a bus or that he might die suddenly.  Frightening metaphors and a mystery we hope to get to the bottom of soon.

For more detailed information on the death of other holistic doctors, go to Erin's website at HealthNutNews.com.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR --- Book Release

My book Natural Remedies for Essential Tremor was released today. The book is divided into four parts. It provides an overview of essential tremor, a discussion on conventional treatments available, a detailed explanation of 24 natural remedies to relieve symptoms, and an invaluable section that helps readers put all of the pieces together and design a personalized plan.

I sincerely hope my book helps everyone who suffers with ET or other tremor conditions. To purchase, click on the link below or the HFC Store link above (and then Essential Tremor). The HFC Store link also contains other recommended books and supplements for ET. (For those who prefer the Kindle version, it should be available in a couple of weeks.)
 

Monday, January 2, 2017

STUDY: HIGH-PROTEIN DIET LINKED TO HEART FAILURE IN OLDER WOMEN


According to a study by the American Heart Association, a high-protein diet, especially protein from meat is linked to risk of heart failure in women over 50. Protein from vegetables did not have the same effect. This is another good reason to cut down on animal protein and increase vegetable protein.
 
How do you do this? Studies have shown that people who cut down slowly are more successful than people who go cold "turkey." Poultry is healthier than red meat (beef), so start with substituting red meat with organic poultry and then substituting organic poultry with legumes. Instead of eating a beef and cheese burrito, have a chicken and cheese burrito. Instead of eating a chicken and cheese burrito, have a bean and brown rice burrito. A more heart-healthy burrito is one with beans, brown rice, and avocado (instead of cheese). Substitute beef burgers with turkey burgers and then substitute turkey burgers with veggie burgers. Substitute chicken or ground meat with lentils in soups. Add a little reduced-sodium, organic-chicken or vegetable bullion for the flavor. Better Than Bouillon was rated the best by America's Test Kitchen. Stay away from non-organic brands. They are likely to have MSG, genetically-modified organisms, and other additives 

This is a good start to a healthier diet. Have a happy, healthy New Year everyone!